Speaking of Ebola, the reports coming out of the United States are causing panic in that country and understandably, concern in Belize.
The Ebola patient who died in a Dallas hospital had infected two health workers, and reports are that the latest patient was on an airline with over 100 persons just the day before she tested positive for the deadly disease.
Ebola is a highly infectious disease that is transmitted through contact with infected persons. The Ebola virus causes high fever and bleeding inside and outside the body. As the virus spreads through the body, it damages the immune system and organs. Ultimately, it causes levels of blood-clotting cells to drop which leads to severe, uncontrollable bleeding. The disease, also known as Ebola hemorrhagic fever or Ebola virus, kills up to 90% of people who are infected.
Last week, the Ministry of Health updated the Belizean public on health issues and said that though there is no case in Belize, with the new US cases, Belize is on high alert.